Edible insects in Kenya




New uses of edible insects such as locusts, grasshoppers, termites, flies and wild silkmoths were investigated in rural areas of Kenya. Field surveys conducted in the Maragoli area in western Kenya showed that villagers easily distinguish species and the emergence patterns of termites which are the most common edible insects in Kenya. Cooked termites are sold not only in the local markets but also in some open markets in Kisumu or Nairobi because they can be stored up to at least several days without spoilage. These results suggest that termites play an important role in the daily food consumption in this area in the rainy season, during periods of maize shortage, and that they may be especially valuable for children and pregnant women who require a high calorie and nutritious diet.


Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences Crop Production and Postharvest Technology Division


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YAGI Shigemi ( Crop Production and Postharvest Technology Division )

KOKWARO Elizabeth ( Crop Production and Postharvest Technology Division )

KISHIDA Kesa ( Japan International Cooperation Agency )

YAZAWA Mitsuo ( National Institute of Sericultural and Entomological Science )

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